ERIC Number: ED332742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Involvement in Contracted Training and Other Economic Development Activities. A Report of a National Survey.
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
In 1989, a national survey sponsored by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education was conducted of a random sample of 246 public community, technical, and junior colleges to ascertain the extent of the colleges' economic development activities outside of the regular curriculum, such as customized training, short-term vocational classes and workshops, and consultations with small businesses. In addition, the study sought to examine those college services receiving federal funds from the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and the Vocational Education Act (VEA). Major findings, based on a 72% response rate, included the following: (1) 93% of the responding colleges offered at least one contract training course to public or private employers, although a large percentage of the total number of courses offered and students served was derived from a minority of institutions; (2) over 90% of the colleges offered job-specific skills courses, while 60% provided basic academic skills courses as part of contract education; (3) on average, 67% of the job-related courses offered were customized, while only 29% of the apprenticeship, basic skills, and "other" courses were tailored to meet employer needs; (4) 31% of the contracted courses offered per college allowed students to earn credit; (5) 72% of the colleges' contract-training clients were private firms, and 20% were public agencies; (6) in addition to contract education, approximately 33% of the colleges provided special services to small businesses, 18% helped businesses obtain loans or financing, and 13% provided assistance in procuring contracts; and (7) during 1988-89, 80% of the colleges received funds provided by the VEA, while 50% were direct recipients of JTPA funds. The survey instrument is attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Economic Development, Employment Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Job Training, National Surveys, Performance Contracts, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Tables (Data), Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.